I had a witty intro planned for this piece, but it would have contained spoilers for those of you who aren’t caught up with Game of Thrones (I couldn’t tell you about spoilers for the books because I haven’t read them).
So, I’ll tell you this: A hulking actor from the hit HBO series is coming to the Granite State this weekend to compete in the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival.
The games, held annually, are “one of the largest and most diverse commemorations of Scottish art and culture in North America,” according to the event’s website. The events on tap for this weekend include everything from Scottish fiddle and harp playing to “heavy athletics” and feats of strength. (The Red Hot Chili Peppers also will be performing throughout the festival weekend, fun fact.)
Hafthor “Thor” Bjornsson, who plays notorious Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on Game of Thrones, will compete in events starting on Saturday. This will be his third time participating in the games, which began on Friday and run through Sunday in Lincoln, N.H.
The 6-foot-9, 400-pound Bjornsson said he will be lifting heavy stones over his head and throwing a 56-pound weight with an attached handle over a horizontal bar with one hand. The Icelandic actor is also planning to lift a car in a strength demonstration event.
As one does.
Read more on Bjornsson and the games here.